Surviving the Missions: Indigenous Resilience Yesterday and Today

Protesters gathered outside Mission Dolores to decry Pope Francis’s decision to canonize Junipero Serra. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.
Photo by Joe Rivano Barros

Event Date

Risling Room (Hart Hall 3201)

Please join us for our kickoff colloquium of the 50th year of Native American Studies at UC Davis, and the 20th Anniversary of our Graduate Program. We will be hosting a colloquium every month of 2019-2020 as part of our commemoration of the 50th/ 20th.

Join us for "Surviving the Missions: Indigenous Resilience Yesterday and Today," featuring three speakers: 

Caroline Ward (Tataviam) and Kagen Holland (Tataviam) will share the story of their 2015 walk to all 21 missions to honor and pray for the ancestors, and in protest of the canonization of Junipero Serra (

Val Lopez (Amah Mutsun), Tribal Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Executive Director of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, will discuss the 2019 removal of the Mission Bell from the UCSC campus, and his work to protect the sacred site of Juristac.

Dr. Martin Rizzo, UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, whose historical research focuses on Native survivance and perseverance at Mission Santa Cruz, will discuss stories of resistance in the face of tremendous loss in the missions and beyond.

Sponsored by: Yoche Dehe Endowed Chair in Native American Studies

Light refreshments will be served.

Event Category